landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Living in Ohio as I do (thank you for your sympathy) and working frequently at Ohio State University Hospitals (thank you for your sympathy), I perhaps have a glimpse into the psychology of OSU fans that some of you do not (which is good for your intestinal health). I can tell you from the 183 texts I received cussing me out for costing OSU a victory (this was the first time I openly rooted for OSU in my life), that these troglodytes are trying to rally. Having purged themselves with calls for OSU staff to be fired (not excluding Urban Meyer, seriously), they believe there is one silver lining in this cloud: the team will be motivated more than ever to beat TTUN.
There is a thread in 11 Warriors entitled:
WITHOUT THIS LOSS, TOSU WOULD OF HAVE A HARDER TIME BEATING TTUN
I call hogwash. I admit to having this thought flash through my head, but I think this is a prevalent myth in the minds of nervous fans, and rarely true.
Yeah i'm beyond disappointed about this loss like all of you guys are but, I think this loss should really light a fire under everyone's asses. We've been talking about how this team has lacked motivation and hasn't had a chip on their shoulder for the entire season. Now we got adversity and doubters who last year was the main fuel for our run. Yesterday our guys seemingly had nothing to play for and played not to lose. Against TTUN, are guys will be angry and very much doubted going into AA.
Occassionally, teams will rise up for a fired Earle Bruce or tragic Jerry Kill, but I think that people conflate such "motivating" events with the reality that those teams were good enough to play the game they did without the motivation. It didn't help us with Bo in 2006 (I was at that game), it didn't help VT yesterday win one for Beamer.
Ultimately, it comes down to match-ups, X and Os, talent and execution. This isn't some brilliant observation, I admit; I only make it because OSU, unlike what is said in the fool's post above, WAS motivated to win yesterday and had EVERYTHING to play for, but they had structural problems that prevented them from winning: average receivers, a QB that needs them to be open, a defense with SOME vulnerabilities, and a team that played absolutely no one during the season, which created a false paradigm that they were above having to give all the effort. This was confirmed in the post-game immature Elliott and Jones meltdowns. Michigan has as good a D line and a better secondary that MSU. The same structural challenges will confront OSU no matter how much more they want to win (which, is that even possible?). Our inferior LB may present an opporunity for them, yes. But will OSU motivate their way to inflicting the bad defeats seen in the RR era? No.
And jinxes aren't real, either.
I like these "You are..." themed stories. What is Coach Hoke's approach towards the team this week? Here are some thoughts I had.
(1) You (the players) are defined at Michigan by what you do against Ohio State. BEAT OHIO.
(2) This is a chance to create a memory for yourselves (seniors) or for the seniors.
(3) This is our bowl game. (Obviously, any bowl oppoent will not be as good as Ohio State.)
(4) Light them up that they have underperformed and can salvage the season with a win here.
(5) Don't overstate the game's importance. Focus on the process of getting better each day.
(6) Other (explain)
So, in an effort to get back into some sort of shape (other than round), I have started exercising again recently. My wife even has me training for a half marathon in the spring (I can only comfortably do 4 - 5 miles right now). I borrowed the wife's iPod for a run yesterday and she toldme , "I already have a good running mix in the Playlist." Perfect (I thought). Unfortunately, I ended up skipping over half of the songs - way too much cheesey pop and too many slower tempo songs. I decided that I need my own playlist and started making a list off the top of my head this morning - a little more difficult than I thought.
So, I decided to tap into the knowledge of the MGoCommunity for some help. Toss out some ideas people. The only type of music that I am not really into is country (yes I even like pop despite what I said earlier - there's just a limit to how much Justin Timberlake should be on any single mix, and that limit is low for me). Pretty much everything else is on the table - from metal to classical to drum corps. The only thing you don't have to suggest is "Hail To the Victors" (I have a pretty nice extended live version of it from when the MMB visited my high school back in the day - circa 1996).
So pony up ladies and gentlemen, and let me know what gets you pumped up whether it be to work out, make a sale (ala Dwight Shrewt), or simply gets you amped for a game. I'll start compiling a list for myself in a couple days, so keep 'em coming.
Also, if you are going to embed a song or video, please at least include the name somewhere - I can't view video or hear audio (from the internet) on my machine at work.
Thanks in advance for the help!
After a big win we rejoice with muppets but before we can get to that much anticipated post-game serenade we'll need a pretty strong motivational video. As we've seen nobody gets the party started like puppets:
Bert & Ernie getting ummm, "crunk"?